For many years, I’ve enjoyed reading the posts of several bloggers who are trying to read 52 books in 52 weeks. I’ve also wanted to find a good way for me to keep track of the books I’ve read. And it gives me a good reading target to shoot for.

Last year, I read 89 books, exceeding my goal by quite a bit. Or, more accurately, I listed 89 books that I read. I don’t list books that might reveal certain things I might (or might not) be working on. You will also notice tat I’ve been attempting to read the entire catalog of books of certain authors of detective stories.

If you forced me to pick my top books for 2019 (in alphabetical order), I’d probably list:

[I’m not sure why Amazon generates the cover images in such different sizes.]

I’m doing the same thing in 2020. My approach is the same in previous years – I’ll simply update this post from time to time from time to time throughout the year as I finish books.

I’ve enjoyed doing this challenge every year and hope you find the list useful. And I encourage you to take the challenge yourself.

I welcome your recommendations of good books I might read this year.

As Bill Taylor says, “Are you learning as fast as the world is changing?” Challenging yourself to read 52 books is probably a good way to start to answer that question.


67. All the Devils are Here, Louise Penny
66. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, Dan Egan
65. Win Bigly, Scott Adams
64. Jar City, Arnaldur Indridason


63. The Blessing Way, Tony Hillerman
62. Intimations, Zadie Smith
61. The 99% Invisible City, Roman Mars
60. The Quiet American, Graham Greene
59. A Song for the Dark Times, Ian Rankin
58. Sidetracked, Henning Mankell
57. Next to Last Stand, Craig Johnson


56. Murder on Cold Street, Sherry Thomas
55. A Disability History of the United States, Kim E. Nielsen
54. King Leopold’s Ghost, Adam Hochschild


53. Demand-side Sales 101, Bob Moesta
52. A Flash of Green, John D. MacDonald
51. The African American and LatinX History of the United Staes, Paul Ortiz
50. The Deep Blue Good-by, John D. MacDonald


49. The E-Myth Attorney, Michael Gerber
48. the Art of Theft, Sherry Thomas
47. The King of Confidence, Miles Harvey
46. The Order, Daniel Silva
45. Agency, William Gibson


44. The Expertise Economy, Kelly Palmer and David Blake
43. Stamped from the Beginning, Ibram X. Kendi


42. The Pandemic Century, Mark Honigsbaum
41. The Hollow of Fear, Sherry Thomas
40. The Brain’s Way of Healing, Norman Doidge


39. The Postman Always Rings Twice, James Cain
38. My Gun is Quick, Mickey Spillane
37. The Big Kill, Mickey Spillane
36. A Conspiracy in Belgravia, Sherry Thomas
35. A Better Man, Louise Penny
34. Victim 2117, Jussi Adler Olsen
33. Bad Blood, John Carreyrou
32. A Study in Scarlet Women, Sherry Thomas
31. Hit Refresh, Satya Nadella
30. Influenza, Dr. Jeremy Brown
29. Tiny Habits, B. J. Fogg
28. Half-Earth, Edward O. Wilson


27. Die for Me, Luke Jennings
26. Some Assembly Required, Neil Shubin
25. The Patient Assassin, Anita Anand
24. Exactly What to Say, Phil Jones
23. The Treadstone Resurrection, Joshua Hood
22. Marketing Made Simple, Mark Miller


21. Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter
20. The Imagineers of War, Sharon Weinberger
19. Our Man, George Packer
18. What the Heck is EOS?, Gino Wickman and Tom Bouwer
17. Detroit Noir, E.J. Olsen and John Hocking


16. Peter Robinson, Many Rivers to Cross
15. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
14. Acquiring Clients, Alan Weiss
13. Why Customers Buy . . . And Why They Don’t, Martin Lewis
12. The Life of Charlemagne, Einhard
11. Under Occupation, Alan Furst
10. Traction, Gino Wickman
9. Pre-suasion, Robert Cialdini


8. Million Dollar Consulting, Alan Weiss
7. Anyway, Kent Keith
6. Master-Level Business & Client Development Activity Checklists, Julie Savarino
5. The Peripheral, William Gibson
4. Murder in the Dark, Kerry Greenwood
3. How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck, Steve Stockman
2. Westwind, Ian Rankin
1. Why Are We Yelling?, Buster Benson


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